The Mauer we don’t see

Jun 4, 2010, 9:22 AM | Updated: Apr 4, 2011, 7:52 pm

Editor’s note: Starting this week, Mike Salk will be writing semi-regular pieces for USS Mariner. In return, USS Mariner’s Dave Cameron will write a weekly column for Brock and Salk’s blog focusing on baseball from a statistical perspective.

I returned to the Mariners’ clubhouse after a recent vacation and started to catch up with Josh Wilson (one of the nicest, most normal baseball players you will ever meet). I thought things seemed quiet after a tumultuous couple of weeks before I had left. Let’s make some news today, I told him.

“The Twins are in town,” he said dryly. “So if Joe Mauer doesn’t get 10 hits this week, that will be about the biggest news you could imagine!”

I’m not sure if Mauer is the best player in baseball. You could probably make a case for
Albert Pujols, Evan Longoria, Alex Rodriguez, and a few others. But the guy I hear other players mention with the most reverence is Mauer.

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